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Old 06-18-2012, 08:36 AM   #1
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Bike Rack... for Spare.... what do you use???

Bike Rack... for Spare.... what do you use???

I am looking for a good bike rack that I can use for two MTB.. I was thinking about something that goes over the Spare.... does anyone have anything like this,.. I just got my 2012 Jeep and forgot I have to move my bikes in a few weeks

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Old 06-18-2012, 08:52 AM   #2
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Bike Rack... for Spare.... what do you use???

I am looking for a good bike rack that I can use for two MTB.. I was thinking about something that goes over the Spare.... does anyone have anything like this,.. I just got my 2012 Jeep and forgot I have to move my bikes in a few weeks
Thule or Yakima make racks that lock to the spare tire. I have the Thule and it works perfect for two bikes.

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Old 06-18-2012, 09:13 AM   #3
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I wouldn't recommend putting any more weight on the end gate. I'd install a receiver hitch & slide a bike rack into it.
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:17 AM   #4
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I was thinking that the weight of two bikes is not going to be good on the gate but I need something fast and cheap
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got the Yakima Spare Time this weekend. and a new bike. rack works great and i see no ill effects from the slight weight increase.
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:28 AM   #6
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I was thinking that the weight of two bikes is not going to be good on the gate but I need something fast and cheap
If your top is off you could secure a couple 2x4's to your roll bar & tie them down that way, stashing the wheels inside.

Perhaps take your spare off, place inside tub, rest bikes on rear bumper secure to tire carrier.
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:33 AM   #7
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I was thinking about the Yakima Spare Joe 2 so I dont have to remove the cap from my spare
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:49 AM   #8
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Two mountain bikes are going to weigh upwards of 70 pounds, on top of the 60 pounds or so for your current spare.

I would expect you'll pop your welds or crack the carrier in relatively short order and wouldn't recommend it.

I'd go with a hitch mounted rack.
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I use a Thule Spare Me for my road bike and I would be hesitant to put more weight on. My brother and I went for a ride yesterday (he has a mountain bike) and I was worried the entire drive.
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:57 AM   #10
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but we are talking about using this maybe one or two days a year....
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Allen deluxe 3bike seems not bad for the price
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:16 AM   #12
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Thule is the way to go...and I never take it off
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We have the Allen 4 bike hitch model and it is a good rack. We paid 89 from Amazon and another 49 for a hitch extension to clear the 33. As heavy as the spare is I didnt feel comfortable hanging the bikes from it.
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but we are talking about using this maybe one or two days a year....
And truthfully, it'll probably be fine for that.

All I know is that I've never personally tried it (I have a hitch bike carrier), but I have seen photos of people's tire carriers and/or welds that have been damaged by large tire/wheel combos that weigh dozens of pounds less than the bikes plus tire/wheel combo you're talking about carrying.

Now, were those folks riding on some offroad trails (bumping and slamming weight on the carrier) or perhaps riding on smooth pavement but for months and months? Probably. Are you taking about adding these bikes for just a few hours every couple of months and keeping on pavement while you're doing it? Probably.

So is it going to work out for you? Probably.

I'm just saying, the risk is there. And you probably won't know damage is starting until it's already happened, and the repair cost is likely going to be a good bit more than what you'd save by adding a hitch mounted carrier instead.

But, once or twice a year, it'll probably be fine. Probably. Up to you.

If you're going with the tire mount carrier, I'd advise picking one that pulls the bikes as close as possible to the jeep and maybe see if you can get something that uses some other anchor point as well to support some of the weight.
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got the Yakima Spare Time this weekend. and a new bike. rack works great and i see no ill effects from the slight weight increase.
I use the Yakima too. Very clean install and looks good, too, only use it occassionally so not concerned about weight. I like it because I can still open the gate easily and it doesnt extend out much when not in use. No problem with removing the spare center cap.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:32 AM   #16
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JKatfish have you try to bikes on it?
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:41 AM   #17
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I have this one. Connects to the spare lugs and comes through the cap (I wouldn't worry about the cap that much, it'll go right back on if you take the rack off). Long term, I would worry about weight on the tailgate, but works great for a short trip. I now have a dedicated tire carrier, so I don't worry about the weight anymore.


Amazon.com: Surco BT300 Spare Tire Mount Bike Rack, Up To 3 Bike Capacity: Automotive
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:09 PM   #18
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thanks but is two bikes going to weight to much
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thanks but is two bikes going to weight to much
Shouldn't. Combined they shouldn't weigh too much depending on what the frame is made of. If you have a stock tire on back it should be okay.
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Well I'm liking the look without the spare in back so this kind of works out perfect but I'm not too sure about keeping it this way I'm planning on doing a hitch mount in the near future, but I'm going to share this anyways cus it works great and it's a low budget 30-60 rack..
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I used to sell high end Bicycles for a living and I always told my customers this," Are you really going to trust a $40 bike rack to hold your $2000+ mountain bike or road bike?". I am a firm believe in a hitch mount for Jeeps or any vehicle with a rear tire mount. Just my .02 cents
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:18 AM   #22
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I had the allen spare tire rack and it collapsed but I had a lock that saved the bikes. Returned that and got the Thule Spare me. I love the thule but I dont think it will fit if I upgrade to bigger tires.
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Try the Hollywood SR1 (Does not lock) or the SR2 (which locks to the spare)
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:00 AM   #24
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JKatfish have you try to bikes on it?
I use it for short trips, less than 100 miles and just for my Litespeed. My carbon will fit in the back with wheels off. Generally, I dont like the way some bike racks stick waaaayyy out. I agree with 2 mountain bikes, it may put too much stress on the gate hinge. Short trips occassionally should be no problem.
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thule spare mount / 2 bike buts can fit three.

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Old 06-21-2012, 11:36 AM   #26
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ok ok I am ordering a hitch and now I look into a hitch rack for the bikes
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:54 PM   #27
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I agree with 2 mountain bikes, it may put too much stress on the gate hinge. Short trips occassionally should be no problem.
This may be a dumb question, but the added weight on the gate hinge would only be an issue when you swing the gate open, right? With the gate closed, the latch or whatever you call it would help support the weight, no?

We just got our Wrangler Unlimited 24 hours ago and I want todo a spare tire 3 bike rack instead of the hitch mount (partly because it doesn't have a hitch, yet), but not at the expense of damaging the vehicle.
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I agree with @MTH. I wouldn't want to risk damaging the welds/hindges on the rear gate. I use the Yakima Flipside Bike Rack. It measures 12 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the upright bar - which provides plenty of clearance for the spare tire on the rear of the vehicle.
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Yakima FlipSide 4 Bike Hitch Mounted Rotating Rack w Frame Mount Cradles, 1-1/4" & 2" Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Y02426
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This may be a dumb question, but the added weight on the gate hinge would only be an issue when you swing the gate open, right? With the gate closed, the latch or whatever you call it would help support the weight, no?
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These gates fail all of the time. It's not caused while the jeep is parked & the gate is open for a minute here & there. While the latch offers some support, it isn't enough. Adding any weight to the gate will expedite the failure of the gate, rivets, hinges, corner of tub etc.... Some folks with stock spares have had their gates fail. Some rockin 35's have had zero issues. I reckon the more offroading one does on rough terrain at speed would be the most damaging.

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